Today’s Gold Edition Plate (Listed, 1200m) will determine whether promising gelding Whypeeo (I Am Invincible) can resurrect his planned tilt at next month’s $2,000,000 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (RL, 1400m) at the Gold Coast.
Trainer Toby Edmonds was not hiding his disappointment with the talented three-year-old, who was beaten as a short-priced favourite first up at Canterbury on 1 December, denting connections’ confidence in the horse’s ability.
Whypeeo, who won three of his four starts in his first preparation including a victory over Gold Edition Plate rival Shogun Sun (Written Tycoon), was slowly away before working hard early to find the lead at Canterbury.
He tired late to be run down by country-trained Brockton Punch (I Am Invincible) and Prince Mayted (May’Haab), beaten just over half a length in a Benchmark 70 Handicap (1100m).
Edmonds immediately brought the son of I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) back to his home base to reassess his options, with the horse given another chance in today’s $100,000 race.
He takes on Brian Crowley Stakes (Listed, 1200m) winner Goodfella (Snitzel), the Kelly Schweida-trained stablemates Shogun Sun and Cellargirl (More Than Ready), who was third in the Flight Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) at her last start, and the Sydney-trained colt Pierata (Pierro).
“He has got a bit of a habit of being slow out of the barriers, but we were really disappointed in his first run, to be truthful,” Edmonds told ANZ Bloodstock News yesterday.
“We have brought him home and got him back in familiar surroundings and he looks to be going OK and we will run in the Gold Edition, which will determine where we go with him.”
Blake Shinn rode Whypeeo at Canterbury but Jeff Lloyd takes the ride today, having partnered him to his three victories.
“The 1400 metres of the Magic Millions is a question mark as well, so (today) is a stepping stone to a 1350 metre race in two weeks’ time before the Gold Coast race, so we will get a better guide in a fortnight’s time.”
Edmonds has previously compared Whypeeo favourably with Magic Millions 2YO Classic (RL, 1200m) winning stablemates Houtzen (I Am Invincible) and Red Anchor Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) winner Eptimum (Snitzel).
“He was slowly away and he (Shinn) used him a bit early, so there were a couple of little things that went against him (in Sydney) but we are not using them. He was disappointing,” he said.
“It is black and white to me. He didn’t do what we thought he would do, so hopefully he can improve this week.”